Facebook email account using @facebook.com address is just amazing, and if you are among the members of early access group then it’s more awesome. Facebook is now providing its new revamped messages section including new chat system, email and new message view to its users on invite basis.
Currently to set up a @facebook.com email address you need an invite from one of your friend who already have access to this service. I got an invite through my friend and now using it, today when I logged in my Facebook account, a pop up appeared suggesting me to upgrade my message view.
After upgrading to new messages, three new options were available at the top stating, Claim your Facebook email, Text messaging is on and Chat is online. The best part is that now you can send files and photos while chatting with friends just like you do while using any desktop client chat messenger like Gtalk, Windows Live Messenger etc.
To set up a free @facebook.com address, go to your Messages view and click the “Claim your Facebook email” link available on top. Your email address will be your public username, for example:
- Profile: facebook.com/username
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: If you don’t have an username yet, you can choose one when you create your email address.
Once you set up your email address, people can email you using any traditional email system (e.g., Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail), and the emails will be delivered to your Facebook Messages. When you send messages to external email addresses, the emails will be formatted to look like Facebook messages, including your name, your profile picture and your message.
Here are the screenshots of email communication I performed for testing the service.
First I sent an email at my @facebook.com email id from my Hotmail account and I received it perfectly in my messages view and then I replied to it and received the reply in my Hotmail account inbox perfectly.
I think Facebook email service will going to give a great competition to other emailing services. With the facility of creating Archives, attachments, easy to reply and management system will make it very useful. I am going to update my email id in my resume soon. So, what’s your @facebook.com?